The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of BCNN1. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s).
“I have white advantage, male advantage, straight advantage,” Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby recently told the Church of England’s General Synod.
The leader of the Anglican Church spoke as the Synod readied for an important vote to apologize “for the conscious and unconscious racism experienced by countless black, Asian and minority ethnic Anglicans in 1948 and subsequent years.”
But Welby was disturbed by what he described as racism continuing in the Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury told his audience that “there is no doubt when we look at our own Church that we are still institutionally racist.”
While they’re at it, the Anglican leaders should “lament and apologize” to African and Asian Anglican leaders for trying to force on them a theology of sex and marriage the nonwhites see as violating the Scriptures and ignoring their concerns.
A good way of curing the “whiteness” over which Archbishop Welby is so ashamed is to take seriously the nonwhite bishops who serve the Church globally, beyond England, with its trendy waves of politically correct faith and practice.
Kenyan Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit is an example. Sapit told Religion News Service that he would not attend the Lambeth Conference — the gathering of Anglican bishops every ten years — because, among other things, “God’s plan of marriage is between a man and woman for procreation. Homosexuality is a sin before God.”
Hardly anything would solve the “institutional racism” of the Church of England as dramatically as enlarging the influence of the conservative bishops of Africa and Asia.
And by the way, such a move would help the American Methodist Church as well. It is now divided over same-sex marriage, homosexuality and related issues. Both the Western Anglicans and Methodists would see churches growing and thriving, as are their conservative congregations and movements.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley